‘My colleague has given her twins the most ridiculous names it’ll ruin their life’

When it comes to choosing a baby name, most parents spend a lot of time thinking about it.

There are tonnes of places to derive inspiration from – including baby name books, internet forums and of course, your family and friends.

You might already have a name decided long ago, after a relative or inspirational figure.

In an ideal world, children wouldn’t ever be teased for their name – but we’re not there yet.

In reality, there are a huge of things to consider before naming your baby.

On Reddit, one man has expressed their disbelief at their colleague’s rather unusual names for her twins, after she revealed that she’d given the tots the same name.

It’s likely that isn’t going to make a lot of sense to a lot of people.

The frustrated man revealed that his colleague has called both her kids ‘Sean’, but insists it’s different because it is spelt differently.

The office worker wrote: “I cannot believe that there is a split opinion for this at my office, but here we go.

“A co-worker of mine (39F) recently had twin boys after a long battle with infertility. She has made her first appearance in the office with her new babies to introduce them to our team.

“When asked what she had named the boys (as up until this appearance she was undecided) she told me that she was naming them “Sean”.

“When I asked about the other baby, she said “No, they are both Sean, one with an “A” and one with an “E” so Sean and Seen”.

“This co-worker’s last name is also “Sean”. When I pointed this out she said, “Yes, like TomTom or Jay Jay”.

“I immediately and without thinking said, “That is the most idiotic thing I’ve heard, and it’s going to be so confusing”.

“A bunch of people laughed and a bunch immediately looked away. After she left, I got a few text messages saying it’s not my place to comment on people’s choices of names.

“This is apparently not the first round of negative feedback she has had.

“We are on good terms, we have worked together across three companies over 12 years, she just said, “it’ll grow on you”.

“The names both pronounced “Sean” like “Shawn”.”

In the comments, people roundly agreed with the man that his co-worker was wrong.

One wrote: “I’m an identical twin. Matching names is probably the cruellest thing you could do to a person.

“It’s not just confusing. It would keep the twins from developing identities outside their twin-ness.

“You know what happens to twins that can’t establish independent identities? At best they need years of family therapy to work through their relationship problems.

“At worst they hate each other.”

Another added: “This is child abuse. Having twins is not a reason for you to hinder their personal development (like identity) just because it is ‘so quirky’.”

A third was more divided, writing: “Could’ve said it better but you’re not wrong.”

“I’m an identical twin too and we were named matching names,” wrote another.

“Think similar to Julie/Julia and then our middle names rhyme with each other.

“Hasn’t been an issue and I barely notice the similarity but at least we didn’t have that exact same name!”